Bad Boy Bubby (1993)

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Avg Rating: 4.4 / 5. Voted: 60

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Directed by: Rolf de Heer
Starring: Nicholas Hope (Bubby), Claire Benito (Mother), Carmel Johnson (Angel), Ralph Cotterill (Pop)
Country: Australia
Language: English (Eng Subs)
Runtime: 01:53:47
Genres: Captivity, Incest, Domestic Abuse, Insects, Violence Against Animals

Plot – Spoilers:
A 35 year-old man Bubby has lived in captivity all his life in his mother’s dirty apartment. He believes the outside world is a cauldron of poisonous gases from which he’s being kept safe. His mother fucks him every night and also abuses him for things like not “being still” or wetting himself.

Bubby spends the days tormenting cockroaches and his cat, crawling about like an animal, and looks forward every night to being “Good Bubby” with his mother – a sign and reward from her that the day was obediently well-spent.

A change arrives in their lives when Bubby’s father, a fraud preacher, turns up. This gives Mother something else to turn her attention to, and Bubby finds himself rejected and confused. His life has made him mildly retarded and he hasn’t been allowed to develop a personality or express thoughts. So what he has become good at, is copying other people’s mannerisms and words, which turns out handy when he finally steps out into the world.

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Jim
Jim
October 25, 2019 12:43 pm

I wasn’t sure at first, but I’m glad I continued watching. I really enjoyed this movie. Nicholas Hope as Bubby did a superb job of making me feel like he was truly under develop as a man. The scene with the 2 hot naked girls. Bubby made it clear he like big boobs. 🙂 I also wonder if the director hates cats.

big J
big J
December 22, 2019 7:40 am

I was eleven years old when i first watched this movie on SBS

Schark89
Schark89
January 12, 2020 8:14 am

This film has moved me to my core. I have seen a lot of films attempting to dissect the gruesome nature of man and society in an all-encompassing singular piece of cinema but I will have to admit Bad Boy Bubby is the one that comes close to accomplishing that. With all its Freudian tropes and banal philosophy, this is a triumph of film language, performance art and scriptwriting. I can’t believe I had not seen it until now.

bbb
bbb
July 4, 2020 10:23 pm

Masterpiece, probably the best film on effedup, can’t recommend it enough.

BystanderBehindAMask
BystanderBehindAMask
Reply to  bbb
July 31, 2022 7:02 am

Why not? lol.

John Pacheco
John Pacheco
July 9, 2020 7:57 am

FANTASTIC, Nicholas Hope enters a maze of experiences, becomes a rock singer ‘’makes Jim Morrison style lyrics’’……………. Tits galore, street people in hordes………….. WATCH THIS you will love it’’’’’

chris
chris
July 27, 2020 9:22 pm

holy s**t! what a pleasent suprise! how have i not heard of this movie!? its got alot going for it. shocking in parts but almost had me in tears by the end! wow a genuinly well crafted movie would never have imagned it from a movie of this type. Highly Recommeded!

Cap Bender
Cap Bender
August 14, 2020 4:22 pm

Emma from Spooky Astronauts brought me here. Not disappointed at all. This movie was far better than I expected. Loved everything about it in fact, especially the music. This will be watched again and recommended to friends. Well, some friends. Pop get pizza for cat now.

The OG Zed Man
The OG Zed Man
Reply to  Cap Bender
December 26, 2021 6:32 pm

don’t you dare make the cat scene tears come back >:'(

Ricky Soo
Ricky Soo
August 18, 2020 9:23 am

Very enjoyable movie to watch. Lots of catch phrases to use on friends…hahahha. However there is a side of how true life is in normal life, the discrimination and compassion towards the mentally impaired. Nicholas Hope was great as Buddy….Me love big tits…hahahha

Jayjay
Jayjay
August 21, 2020 3:13 am

Not sure why, but when Bubby joins the band, his presence kind of reminds me of Nick Cave. Good music too, I agree. I didn’t think I would enjoy this film but it is brilliantly written.

Trump
Trump
September 20, 2020 7:13 am

damn cat abuse, I hate that

Mr. Urbman
Mr. Urbman
September 30, 2020 3:12 am

Difficult to watch at first but the stark contrast between Bubby’s isolated existence And how he becomes a part of the world is heart-warming. Even with the harshness of what he is dealt as a result of his naivety, he manages to attain fulfillment through his honesty and pure spirit.
Absolute pleasure to experience.

Adina Porusniuc
Adina Porusniuc
October 12, 2020 5:18 pm

Un film ciudat.Ciudat de autentic,ciudat de bine facut. Multumesc admin pentru publicarea lui. Ii acord nota 5 din 5.

Jeni
Jeni
November 28, 2020 12:34 am

OMG, what a WONDERFUL movie! I’ve never seen anything like it. Yes, the cat scenes were awful (I’m a cat groomer) but the rest was deep, twisted & thought-provoking. I love this site, than you so much for putting these different movies together! I’m going from A_Z, picking & choosing from reviews here & recommended by other horror fans. Nice reprieve from gore–as much as I love that. Brought here by A Serbian Film.

camila
camila
December 4, 2020 12:25 am

I thought it was going to be only a fucked up movie, almost gave up watching
But man, the second half made me stay
And the ending made me cry

Sylvie
Sylvie
December 19, 2020 12:14 am

I think this film is a great piece of work!!! wasn’t sure at first, i was always waiting for him to snap and clingwrap again lolll…especially when he held Rachael in his arms…but as it went on, more and more we could see him evolve…for when it comes to mental illness, this is the best, with ”crazy murder”…and for Bubby, a happy ending…not that i was hoping for one, but nicely surprised when it happened…for the performance though, i gotta give it to Mr. Kevin Kenny in ”crazy murder”…it was just amazing!!! But hats down to Mr. Nicholas Hope too!! 🙂

Zed Man
Zed Man
January 8, 2021 9:35 am

I am from Australia so maybe I am bit biased but I loved this film. It was sad, confronting, at times hilarious and uplifting with some great performances throughout. As far as the cat abuse goes, I am sure no pussies were harmed. Probably plastic or stuffed. Not effed up in a gory way but its still one of the best films on this site. Cheers EUM.

tonyelmono
tonyelmono
August 3, 2021 11:36 am

That was excellent. Watched it on a whim. Glad I did. Quite refreshing.

Lotty Da
Lotty Da
September 7, 2021 5:11 pm

Wow, what a weird little movie. LOVED IT… Poor guy didn’t know what he was doing, and still made out OK. Thru the whole film, me didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Effedup you did it again

Doc
Doc
December 17, 2021 7:35 am

Wow a movie on this site with a genuine happy ending. Beautiful movie 10/10 amazing

WaspFactory
WaspFactory
February 8, 2022 11:13 am

A surprisingly compassionate film about an outsider finding his place in a world of savages.

Elrond
Elrond
April 16, 2022 5:31 pm

Masterpiece